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Johnny Depp and Tim Burton's Dark Shadows shows signs of life

07.15.2010

It's been almost three years since we first heard that Johnny Depp would play self-loathing yet sympathetic bloodsucker Barnabas Collins in a big-screen version of the cult '60s shock-soap DARK SHADOWS, directed by Tim Burton.

Those guys have obviously been pretty busy since then, but the project is still ever-so-slowly creeping out of the coffin. Writer Seth Grahame-Smith is the latest guy to take a stab at the adaptation, and he's got some experience with horror thanks to his successful literary/historical monster mashups PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES and ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER (both of which are getting their own movie treatments).

Burton regular John August was the last writer on the movie.

The long-running show (over a thousand episodes) followed a Maine family dealing with bizarre and supernatural occurrences involving vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks and time travel. It was briefly resurrected and remade in the 1990s with Ben Cross as Barnabas, but a 2004 TV pilot (featuring hotties Kelly Hu, Jenna Dewan and Marley Shelton) didn't get picked up for series.

Extra Tidbit: Ah, but will it be in 3D? (Yeah, probably.)

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5:40PM on 07/16/2010
Now this I want to see!
Now this I want to see!
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2:23PM on 07/16/2010
Dark Shadows was a Gothic soap unlike anything before it or after. I have 10 volumes at 40 episodes per Vol. I watch this series literally every night. The Burton film should be a great homage to the 1966-1971 series,in it's own unique way,of course. 1,245 episodes over 5 years. In general,the T.V. Soap actors/WRITERS/crew i.e. production teams , are the hardest working in Show Business.
Dark Shadows was a Gothic soap unlike anything before it or after. I have 10 volumes at 40 episodes per Vol. I watch this series literally every night. The Burton film should be a great homage to the 1966-1971 series,in it's own unique way,of course. 1,245 episodes over 5 years. In general,the T.V. Soap actors/WRITERS/crew i.e. production teams , are the hardest working in Show Business.
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2:01PM on 07/16/2010

3D is so overrated!!

All I get is a headache! But like someone comments already, that after a year or two all of this 3d hype will calm down!!
All I get is a headache! But like someone comments already, that after a year or two all of this 3d hype will calm down!!
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12:57PM on 07/16/2010
Somebody needs to assassinate Tim Burton before he can do any more damage.
Somebody needs to assassinate Tim Burton before he can do any more damage.
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5:44AM on 07/16/2010
Well being that most movies set up at least thru 2012 that we will see a handful of in 3D, but i feel after that year, the 3D craze will die down. I say the movie going public has a year or so to prove to these Hollywood execs, that no matter how you look at it, 3d always was a gimmick, only now it's being used to up box office grosses.
Well being that most movies set up at least thru 2012 that we will see a handful of in 3D, but i feel after that year, the 3D craze will die down. I say the movie going public has a year or so to prove to these Hollywood execs, that no matter how you look at it, 3d always was a gimmick, only now it's being used to up box office grosses.
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2:47AM on 07/16/2010

Damn Torn

Burton/ Depp haven't been good in several years (as a duo, Depp is a great actor), but Grahame-Smith's book was a sheer delight, so who knows how his will turn out?
Burton/ Depp haven't been good in several years (as a duo, Depp is a great actor), but Grahame-Smith's book was a sheer delight, so who knows how his will turn out?
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11:54PM on 07/15/2010
After the turd that was Alice in Wonderland, I am betting this one will be one of Burton and Depp's best collaborations.
After the turd that was Alice in Wonderland, I am betting this one will be one of Burton and Depp's best collaborations.
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10:08PM on 07/15/2010
These guys make a great team, so I'll see anything these guys collaborate on.
These guys make a great team, so I'll see anything these guys collaborate on.
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10:04PM on 07/15/2010
It's my age to blame, but I've never seen this show. However... it sounds amazing! This seems like it'll have every element I love seeing in movies - awesome material that seems very appropriate and (finally!) fitting for Burton.
It's my age to blame, but I've never seen this show. However... it sounds amazing! This seems like it'll have every element I love seeing in movies - awesome material that seems very appropriate and (finally!) fitting for Burton.
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